The 2019 Oregon Housing Conference was held August 19 in Portland.
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The Oregon Housing Conference is a new interdisciplinary gathering of property owners and housing developers, lawmakers and public administrators, public health, law enforcement and community leaders, tenants and neighbors to discuss the ongoing Oregon housing crisis.
The goal of the conference is to educate the community and increase opportunities for low income housing in Oregon, with a special interest in housing for people in recovery from mental illness and addiction.
We welcome Ed Blackburn former Executive Director of Central City Concern to give our keynote address.
Ed Blackburn spent 25 years serving Central City Concern (CCC) and the needs of people experiencing homelessness in Portland. In 1992, he was Director of Hooper Detoxification Center where thousands of people begin their recovery from drugs/alcohol every year. He also served as Director of Health and Addiction Services for the agency, as well as CCC’s Deputy Director prior to assuming the Executive Director role in 2008.
During Ed’s time as Executive Director, CCC’s staff grew from 471 to more than 876 individuals. Total annual revenue has grown from $32.3 million to $90.5 million today.
Ed is a founding board member of Health Share of Oregon, a coordinated care organization that formed in 2012 and was key to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Oregon. Over the past decade, Ed has helped expand CCC’s range of health and recovery services from serving approximately 5,000 patients in 2008 to providing care for more than 8,300 people today. Ed guided the agency into expanded mental health services by assuming operations of an outpatient clinic in 2008. In 2011, Ed was instrumental in the completion of a new health care facility in downtown Portland that attracted nearly $10 million in federal funding and was completed in a stunning 15-month timeframe.
The Oregon Housing Conference welcomes people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact the conference coordinator. Requests should be made at least 10 days prior to the event.